how to let MPD check the password against POP3, IMAP or WWW?

assetburned freebsd at
Tue Aug 12 18:10:30 UTC 2008


that is not exactly what I wanted to do.

My idea was to use a script which accepts the username and password as  
parameters and then tryes to connect to a web, pop3 or imap server,  
depending on what is easier.

e.g. lynx -auth=username:password

and only if the script is able to fetch the protected page, than the  
user is also accepted for the VPN connection.

CU AssetBurned

On 12.08.2008, at 06:29, Odhiambo Washington wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 10, 2008 at 6:20 PM, assetburned  
> <freebsd at> wrote:
>> I have a MPD VPN server and another machine which runs WWW, IMAP  
>> and POP3
>> services.
>> I know that I could check if a password is valid e.g. by writing a  
>> script
>> which calls a Lynx command.
>> But how can I forward the password from MPD to that script? And I  
>> also think
>> that the password has to be unencrypted for the lynx command, so  
>> how can I
>> manage that?
> I run dovecot with MySQL database on one of my servers. Dovecot
> provides POP3/IMAP.
> I also have mpd5 on this box and I use credentials from the DB (which
> contains cleartext passwords) for mpd5 to authenticate, but I do it
> using a script which extracts the username and cleartext password and
> writes those to mpd.secret, and also sets the correct permissions on
> the file. It's a simplistic shell script, called from cron once a day.

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